Annual Governance Statement

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of


November 2017

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions Carleton Rode Church of England VA Primary school are:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its children;

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance arrangements

The Governing Body of Carleton Rode Church of England VA Primary school consists of 12 members: 7 Foundation Governors, the Head Teacher, 1 elected Staff Governor, 1 Local Authority Governor and 2 elected Parent Governors.

Of the Foundation Governors, 1 is appointed by The Bishop of Norwich, 3 are appointed by the Norwich Diocesan Board of Education and 3 are appointed by the Parochial Church Council of All Saints Carleton Rode.

The full Governing Body meets once each half term, and we also have committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail. These are a finance Committee which focuses on finance, premises and some personnel matters. School Improvement Committee which focuses on Assisting the Head Teacher with the School Improvement Plan (SIP), its development, ongoing revision and monitoring of implementation. Reviewing and monitoring child progress and school performance data to ensure the SIP is achieving its aims. In addition some Governors also have specific responsibilities.  See p3 for a list of Governors.

Attendance record of governors Governors have excellent attendance at meetings. Details of individual governors’ attendance at meetings is attached.
The work that we have done on our committees and in the governing body

The Governing Body has had a particularly busy year as our Head Teacher was off for some time and then left our school. The partnership with Kenninghall Primary was subsequently dissolved. We have focused on stability for the children and staff while looking to the future for our school. We have appointed an Interim Head and gained support from Diocese and Local Authority. A SENCo was appointed for the school.  A new contract for school meals has been put in place, with the introduction of the salad bar which has been a great success with the children. The School Improvement Committee has considered the year grouping, and proposed a separate teacher for children in year 2 for half of each school day to focus on numeracy and literacy during the new school year. We are also concerned about our “vulnerable groups” of children and focus on how the Pupil Premium Grant is being spent by the school and what impact this has on their outcomes.

The Finance Committee looks at the maintenance and development of the school premises, and makes decisions about how the school should use the budget.  Our Health and Safety Governor carries out checks of the premises. Governors are also particularly concerned about safeguarding and we have a Nominated Governor for Safeguarding and Looked After Children who gives reports to the governors about any safeguarding matters. One of the roles for the governors is reviewing and agreeing school policies and there have been a great many policies reviewed and approved following the dissolving of the partnership with Kenninghall. Rev Madinda has been working on preparation for a SIAMS inspection along with staff, children and the Governing Body.

Future plans for the governors

Progress the best strategic leadership solution for our school with the help and support of the Norwich Diocese and Local Authority.

Ensure the children are offered an education that allows each of them to fulfil their potential.

How you can contact the governing body We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors, via the school office. You can see the full list of governors; their attendance at meetings; and more information about what we do, on the Governors’ page of the school website.  Approved minutes of the governing body and its Committees are public documents, should you wish to see them please send a request to our Clerk.


Role Terms of office Additional Roles Attendance

Neil Parsons

Joint Chair

Foundation PCC


31.8.16 – 1.9.20
  • Whistleblowing Contact
  • HT Perf Review Appeals Advisor
  • HT Performance Management Gov
  • Safeguarding contact if Head involved.
  • Finance Committee (Chair)
  • Critical Incident Link Governor
  • Steering Group
  • Improvement Board
  • Partnership Discussions
  • School Improvement Committee (Chair)

Claire Matthews

Joint Chair

Foundation PCC


25.4.14 – 24.4.18
  • Safeguarding Gov
  • LAC Gov
  • Critical Incidents Link Governor
  • Improvement Board
  • Partnership Discussions
  • School Improvement Committee

The Rev John Madinda

Vice Chair

Foundation Bishops Governor


23.09.15 – 22.09.19
  • Siams Gov
  • School Improvement Committee

Roger Sparrow



Foundation Diocesan Board


19.01.16 – 18.1.20
  • H&S/Premises Gov
  • Finance Committee
  • Steering Group
  • Contracts contact
Imogen Sparrow Foundation Diocesan Board Governor (DBE) 4.5.14 – 3.5.18
  • Reserve Safeguarding Gov
  • SEN/Pupil Premium & PE Funding Gov
  • G&T Gov
  • Improvement Board
  • Polices
Louise Chandler Parent Governor 23.9.16 – 22.9.20
  • Personnel Gov
  • Performance Management
  • Safer Recruitment
  • School Improvement Committee
Jenny Cockett Interim Head Teacher
  • Critical Incident Manager
  • Acorn/Cluster rep
  • Contracts contact
  • Performance Management
Liz Churchill Staff Governor 2.6.16 – 1.6.20
  • Curriculum lead
  • Website
Rachel Seaward Clerk to Governors 09.05.17 – 08.05.21.
Rob Fenton Foundation Diocesan Board Governor (DBE) Resigned May 2017
Vicky Brosnihan Foundation PCC Governor Resigned September 2017

There were 15 FGB meetings last year including FGB, extra-ordinary and joint Partnership meetings. Not all Governors have responsibility to attend some meetings.

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